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Assisted dying should be part of care package offered to terminally ill people, debate hears

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6884 (Published 30 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6884
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Assisted dying should form part of a good palliative care service for terminally ill people in the United Kingdom, said Ann McPherson, a GP and founder of a new group of medical professionals called Dignity in Dying: Healthcare Professionals for Change (BMJ 2010;341:c5498, doi:10.1136/bmj.c5498).

Speaking at a debate hosted by the Medical Journalists’ Association last week on assisted dying and whether the law should be changed, Dr McPherson, who is herself dying from pancreatic cancer, called for the law on assisted dying to be changed in a “narrow way” so that people who are dying and who are able to make the decision …

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